Does it make sense
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What Preller and the Padres have to consider is whether or not it makes sense to dish out that much money to a closer who will play next season at the age of 33.
At the same time, the starting rotation is very young and will be inexpensive for the next three or four years, which fits the timeframe to extend Yates.
I certainly wouldn’t extend him more than three additional years. Even with the predicted three-year extension above, that signs him through his age 36 season, which makes me very uncomfortable.
Giving relievers big money always makes me nervous anyway because they are so finicky season-to-season.
Yates is a perfect example of that as he was tossed around for a while before finally putting it together in San Diego.
Maybe you increase his pay for the 2020 season and only extend him for two more seasons with a higher AAV. Give him three years and $40 million with him making $10 million in 2020 and $15 million the following two seasons.
I would feel much better about doing a deal like that than extending him three additional seasons.
But I’ve also said from the beginning of the offseason that I would consider trading Yates. Maybe you even attach Myers with Yates and open up even more money for the 2020 season?
What would you do with Kirby Yates this offseason — extend him or trade him? Let us know in the comments below.